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representative gabrielle giffords bedded is. president obama will focus on those killed, wounded and those who worked to save the survivors. new information today about the suspect in the tucson shootings. jared lee loughner was pulled over for a traffic violation just hours before the attack. an officer from the game an fish department happened to see jared lee loughner running a red light about 7:30 a.m. saturday morning and he pulled him over and checked his driver's licence and registration but when he found no outstanding warrants the officer gave jared lee loughner a verbal warning to drive more carefully and sent him on his way. tonight there is some encouraging news about representative gabriellle giffords' recovery. they say she is still in critical condition but making more movements on her own. one of giffords physicians says there is no doubt that she will
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suffer some permanent brain damage but that it is too soon to say how that will affect her ability to function. the tragedy in tucson is being marked here in the bay area with a vigil set to start in oakland in just minutes now. ken is live there with how some are hoping what happened in tucson will lead to changes nationwide. >> reporter: we are in front of oakland city hall this vigil in the wake of the tucson massacre is set to begin in less than 10 minutes. they say this is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan event. but some say the tragedy has been about politics in part seeking new gun controls. an old debate resurfacing. >> i can't understand why congress can't do something about this and prevent it from happening. >> reporter: congress is considering a law to ban carrying handguns within 1000 feet of its members and ban on
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high capacity rounds carried by the shooter. >> maybe they will be shamed into it this time. >> reporter: gun rights advocates say some are trying to make politics out of this tragedy. >> gun lobbyist sest ists -- lobbyists are trying to use it. >> reporter: no matter what gun laws are passed it won't prevent tragedies like tucson. it may not lead to new laws but to more guns. the fbi says one day after the massacre handgun sales surged in california, arizona and across the nation. >> they are going out and purchasing guns both for self- protection and also because they are aware that there might be possibly some gun control legislation coming down the pipe. >> reporter: the vigil here at oakland city hall is set to last until about 6:30 p.m. during our 6:00 p.m. broadcast we will hear from
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some of the people at this vigil, their thoughts on the tragedy and their thoughts on the politics at play. in oakland, channel 2news. former alaska governor sarah palin released an internet video defending herself against critics saying her campaign tactics may have helped prompt the shootings. >> the despicable act of this a-political criminal and they claim political debate has gotten heated just recently. but when was it less heated? >> last year palin's political action committed posted a map with rifle cross hairs on democratic law districts districts including giffords but palin said today she does not condone violence. satisfy said journalists should not manufacturer a blood libel that incites the hatred and
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violence they say they condemn. it has historically been a controversial word. they were thought to sacrifice christian children and used in modern times as an antisemattic term. in a government in which violence cannot silence the voice of any american, coming on a day when members of congress signed two books of condolences. minority leader nancy pelosi. they spoke about last weekend's shooting rampage. >> our hearts are broken but our spirit is not. this is a time for the house to lock arms in prayer for the fallen and revolve to carry on a dialogue of democracy. >> speaker baynor said
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americans will make it through this difficult period and whether have the last word. members of a church in kansas changed their plans to protest the funeral of the little girl that was killed in the tucson shooting. they say they will not picket tomorrow's service for 9 year olds christina green. in exchange they receive free air time on two radio stations. members of the baptist church though still plan to protest the memorial for a federal judge on friday. the church members travel around the country trying to disrupt high profile funerals most often military funerals claiming their deaths are god's punishment because the nation is tolerant of homosexuals. the largest u.s. flag recovered from ground zero is on its way to arizona. it will be displayed at the funeral of christina taylor green tomorrow. she was born on the day of the terrorist attacks. a spokesperson for the foundation responsible for nation wide tours of the flag says a new york firefighter is traveling with the flag for
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tomorrow's funeral service for that 9-year-old girl. a reminder. live pictures here. the vigil is going on right now. you see the president and first lady in the first row there. we will take you live for the president's remarks which are expected to begin in 30 minutes or so. getting a ticket when there is no parking enforcement officer in sight. soon cameras will be the eyes of the city forcing more people who wreck parking rules to pay up. ktvu goes live to san francisco with our story. >> reporter: this sign warns drivers about street sweeping time but soon those street cleaners will be equipped with sweeper cams. big brother may not be watching but soon street sweepers might. under a pilot program the san francisco municipal transportation agency is about to launch the city will install cameras on the sweepers recording the license plates of
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vehicles illegally parked in street cleaning areas such as this red pick up. chances are the driver will receive a $55 ticket. many folks say it is a good idea. >> unless you want to sweep the streets ourselves then we should move our cars. and if not we should get ticketed. >> reporter: the plan should free up parking control officers to concentrate on busy corridors. >> we want to be as efficient as possible and enforcing where we need to be. >> reporter: the cameras are only one part of a plan to enforce parking. officers are not only cracking down on meter violations but also on valid residential parking permits, yellow zones cutting the grace period someone can park in a tow away zone. san francisco has taken in $7 million less than anticipated in tickets in the past six months. >> outrageous and i think it is just another way of taxing us without having a right to say no. >> reporter: small business owners worry the crackdown will drive away shoppers.
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>> you can go for free and you can go for free in stone's town. you can go for free all over the bay area. why come here and risk a ticket. >> reporter: officials say the cameras will be installed only on some sweepers at first to see how well the program works. no word yet on when the sweeper calms will be hitting the road. ktvu, channel 2news. cal-trans saying it has seen a 15% drop in bridges bay delays. bridge tolls six months ago. paying paying an extra $2 to cross the poll. the average commute delay at the bridge has dropped from 27 minutes to 23 minutes. researchers also asked drivers about adjusting their commute and found that 22% said they could change their destination. 27% said that they could change what time they head out. and 40% said they don't need their car to get to work. a man could get up to three
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years in prison for pretending to be a victim of the san bruno gas explosion. daniel stanesbury pleaded not guilty. pg&e paid for him to stay at hotels for 13 days after he gave a false name and claimed to be a blast victim. he is scheduled to be sentenced sometime in march. a man wrongfully convicted for a 1989 double murder in san francisco is a freeman tonight after spending 18 years in prison. state prison officials issued a discharge order to release connolly around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon and he walked out of jail. you see it there. about 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. he was convicted of that double murder in 1989 in the city's bayview district. the conviction was mainly based on the testimony of a police informant. last months a judge said the now dead informant lied on the stand. he ordered connolly released after prosecutors said they
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would not seek to retry him. fire at a south bay medical marijuana club is raising questions and concerns. was it the target of arson? and how are other pot club owners reacting. grab those umbrellas. more showers headed your way and it will have an impact on tomorrow's commute.
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a live look once again at the vigil going on in tucson for the victims of saturday's shooting. the arena is completely filled. more than 17,000 people and they have actually set up video monitors on the university of arizona football stadium next door for the overflow crowd. president obama is on hand and is expected to speak within the hour. when he does start talking we will carry that live. san jose fire investigators are trying to figure out if a quarter million dollars fire at a medical marijuana fire was
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deliberately set. the fire raged on for two hours at the dispensary. near bird avenue and highway 280. ktvu is live on the scene right now with more on what happened. >> reporter: there are still signs here that a medical marijuana collective was operating. you can see lots of marine literature here in the rubble. investigations are underway and some people say things get pretty complicated when pot clubs are involved. san jose arson investigators are searching for a cause for the two-alarm fire that severely damaged the medical marijuana collective on drake street shortly after 3:00 a.m. gail hayward said it is a good neighbor but worries the pot club was targeted. >> nova scotia another fire burned down that was selling medical marijuana as well. i don't know if somebody was mad at them and caused it. i don't know. >> reporter: some say san jose needs to regulate pot clubs.
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>> it is unfortunate we are in this grey ea of the law that lends itself to criminals taking advantage of us. a lot of times thinking that police won't have the same response. >> reporter: investigators say it started around the porch not inside. firefighters say they have responded to places like this before but not a collective. >> moble is when they grow because then they have a high level of electricity running in. >> reporter: several pot club owner told us they are reluctant to report noninjury crimes such as attempted break ins because of recent raids. dave hodgs wants collectives to report crimes but understands why some won't. >> you know, one is whether or not the police are actually going to follow up on the situation. and two is some concerns that they may be using that opportunity to build a case against the collective. >> reporter: investigators expect to get lab results within the next two days. the collective owners plans to reopen at a new location.
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live in san jose, ktvu, channel 2news. a strange twist to a case involving a deadly shootout in a san jose nightclub over the weekends. three gunmen went to the mexicali club to kidnap the club owner because an alleged debt. a man pulled a gun and that's when the shootings happened. at this point police are still looking for for two suspects. one is hector mela, the other suspect still unidentified. an oakland police chase today ended in a crash in leandro. the chase ended at bankroft in san san leandro.
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officers captured all three suspects and say they confiscated a gun and drugs from their car. there were no injuries. fairfield police arrested a suspect in the death of a man whose body was found near interstate 80. two momentless people found the body of the man yesterday afternoon. fairfield police say he died after being injured in a fist fight with another man. 37-year-old brian peck. peck has been arrested on suspicion of homicide. the victim's name is being withheld until his relatives can be notified. former governor arnold schwarzenegger has apologized now to a family from concord for not telling them in advance that he was going to reduce the sentence of a man involved in the stabbing death of their sun. just before he left office arnold schwarzenegger arnold schwarzenegger reduced nunez's sentence to seven years. the father pleaded his guilty in the killing of the man in san diego in 2008. this morning the victim's father fred said while the family is thankful for the letter they don't believe
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arnold schwarzenegger arnold schwarzenegger's sincerity and said his actions don't ease the controversy. fred santos says he is considering filing a victim's rightses lawsuit. hundreds of california inmates serving life sentences want a federal judge to suspend a voter approved law which they claim extends their prison terms. they challenge the legality of 2008's proposition 9. they have to wait for parole hearings. before marsy's law some inmates were entitled to parole hearings every year. nonpartisan analyst calling governor brown's proposal a good starting point. mac taylor released his assessment today. brown wants to close an estimated 25.$4 billion shortfall with temporary tax extenses, deep program cuts and reorganization of state and local government. taylor praised brown for
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looking for long-term solutions. taylor said the plan could also face legal challenges and physical calhurdles. san mateo county looking for volunteers to help with the count. the federal government mandates the census. county saying it needs 300 volunteers in all. data collected will be used to help design programs to prevent homelessness. cold winter storm system that rolled through the south this week is now blanketing the north east with snow. been snowing all day in the state of new york. and by tonight up to 16 inches of snow is expected to fall. most schools and businesses were closed today. thousands of flights have been canceled. and some amtrak service has been extended. officials are telling drivers to stay off the roads. massachusetts and conneticut may get up to 2 feet of snow before it is over. today thousands there were told to stay home. more than 700 school systems across massachusetts were closed. downed power lines in new england. homes and businesses were
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without power today. on to our weather now and our chief meteorologist is back. >> showers on the way? >> shower light, frank. light showers tomorrow. main impact could be on that morning commute. a little bit on the afternoon commute. but maybe rainfall accumulations of 100ths of an inch, a 10th of an inch. light rainfall shouldn't be a big deal at all. very little wind with it. here is the system as it stands now. and you see the trajectory going north but the bottom half will slide through the bay area sometime tomorrow about mid- morning. i've got the computer model teed up and we will show you that in a little bit here. meantime let's take a look at what we are expecting then. little bit of fog in the morning, increasing clouds tonight. and then showers tomorrow. a chance of showers for the entire bay area. the best chance for showers will be in the north bay in the early morning and then the mid- morning early afternoon for the peninsula. dry as we go into the long range forecast. no big storms out there staring us down. overnight lows in the mid-40s. even though we have clouds
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coming in and chance for those morning showers the valley fog is prime. you could see fog in the inland spots. not as dense as it had been certainly. east bay, out towards clayton and livermore. as you prepare tomorrow for your commute think maybe some fog and maybe some light sprinkles especially from about -- from about oakland north would be the best bet in the morning for the sprinkles and shower activity. so fog in the central valley. be prepared for that much the winds are light out there. with that light wind activity you'll get the fog. best bet up there around santa rosa up towards napa as well. anytime you get the light winds like this it makes the fog formation easy. overhead clouds coming in. these clouds will increase overnight. might prohibit a little fog development. here is the system i'm tracking. kind of cool looking but spinning itself out. losing a lot of its energy right now, stretching apart, pulling apart. we will track this into the bay area when he come back. latest computer model ready to go. there is a good shot at some
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showers. where and when i will let you know in a minute. >> thank you, bill. a woman from northern idaho claimed her half of a $380 million mega millions lottery jackpot. holy loti was not present at the news conference in boise, idaho today announcing her as the winner of the $190 million prize. idaho lottery officials say she hasn't decided yet whether to take the pay out or substantially reduced lump sum. >> as you might expect this is a very profound event in holly's life and she has asked the media respect her privacy and not attempt to contact her until she is prepared to speak to you. >> last week a couple from the state of washington claimed the other half of that mega millions jackpot. mega millions is played in the district of columbia and 41 states including california. a sign of recovery? california's credit card debt where it stands and find out if
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we are looking live at the vigil in tucson. student body president is speaking in just minutes.
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the rampage leaving six people dead and 13 people wounded including congresswoman giffords. the president spent about 10 minutes with giffords and her husband in her hospital room. president obama again should speak within the hour. when that happens we will take you back live to tucson for his address. california consumers cut their credit card debt last year but still owe a substantial amount of money. that's the word we are getting from san francisco based credit karma.com. reducing credit card debt 9% in 2010 but still carrying a balance of $7200. that's better than the national average of $7400 which represents a drop of 8% during the past year. share prices for the big banks help drive u.s. stock indexes to their highest point in more than two years. jpmorgan chase and bank of america led the way. american express and boeing
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took big jumps. dow up 83 points. 11 of the 20 most economically stressed communities in the united states are in california however none in the bay area. the stress index is based on unemployment, home foreclosures and bankruptcy rates in november. imperial county and southern california tops the list with a stress index. california coming in fifth, sixth, seventh, eights. other california counties on the list. first museum dedicated to the history of gay people opens tomorrow. the history museum filling 1600 square feet of space in the heart of the castro district. you will find the stories that make up the gay community.
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films. documents. clothing. fun tour. even sunglasses. >> the history of these people is mostly lost. >> people will come in and say i created that flyer. i'm the person in that photo. i remember when this was done. >> the museum has a five year lease on what was an empty store front. we will tell you why a documentary on one of the deadliest shootings in american history is hitting home tonight here in san francisco and one year later, exactly one year later the haiti earthquake remains fresh in many people's minds. a look at the challenges the relief effort still faces today.
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complete bay area news coverage continues. this is ktvu channel 2news at 5 p.m. >> we can do things to make it harder for dangerous people to get weapons. this was one of the survivors of the virginia tech massacre. colin goddard was shot several times but ended up surviving and tonight he is here in san francisco for screening of a documentary detailing his journey from shooting victim to advocate for what he calls sensible gun control. and in light of the shooting in tucson, tonight's screening couldn't be more timely. patty lee is live in the city with our report. >> reporter: frank, a screening for the film "living for 32" will be held here at this theater later tonight. 32 represents the number of virginia tech students killed in the rampage in april of 2007. and a number of people killed every day in gun violence. >> yesterday began like any other day. students woke up and headed for
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class. >> reporter: the documentary "living for 32" focuses on colin goddard, a 21-year-old student at virginia tech when he was shot four times by a fellow student in a rampage that killed 32 and injured 19 others. >> you are seeing police out strong. >> reporter: it took two years before goddard could speak about what happened. now at age 25 he found his voice and his mission to prevent gun violence. >> i believe we can do things to make it harder for dangerous people to get weapons while still respecting the 2nd amendment rights. >> reporter: it takes virginia tech or tucson shooting to create debate. >> reporter: goddard says he was sad to hear about the shootings in arizona. >> they are going through the same thing my family went through three years ago. it brings me back and i'm sure it brings everyone back. >> reporter: and will use this time to get his message heard. >> it is unfortunate how it has
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to be but this is when people are listening. so when people are listening and turning their ear to you you have to be there with the right message. >> reporter: the documentary will be screened tomorrow night at stanford. part of a national tour of college campuses designed to get students involved in the debate. an earthquake and series of aftershocks rattled monterey county and other areas. the 4.5 quake was centered near prunedale. 11 aftershocks less than one hour later. the biggest aftershock was 3.4. no serious damage or injuries. people as far northern as marin county say they felt the earthquake. people in haiti today paused to remember the victims on this day exactly one year since the devastating earthquake there. some wept openly during a
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memorial in port-au-prince. the death toll was 360,000 people. little has been done in the promised reconstruction and large parts of haiti remain as they were immediately after the quake. many here in the bay area rushed to help the people of haiti either by travelling to the earthquake site themselves or sending money, medical and emergency supplies. that help is still desperately needed. we have more. jim. >> reporter: a year after the earthquake millions of haitians are just as bad off as they were the day of the tragedy and thousands of americans are still trying to help. as volunteers at the volunteers have done before, they were making meals to haiti. the organizer said there are lots of volunteers but money for the program is short. >> only 25 cents a meal but when you are packing 1000 meals
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in a half hour, it adds up quick. >> reporter: a special mix of rice, protein and minerals. some food has been shipped with the help of an east bay developer who along with a masonry man. >> change the way they hold it. if they change core parts of basic things of what they do they can build structurally masonry buildings. >> giving a person is a job is an an answer to a lot of problems. >> reporter: the corruption in haiti at all levels of government is slowing down relief. an example as people are living in tent cities and it took six weeks to move a container of supplies 20 miles. >> the time is directly related to the fees too. handling fees go down as the
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time goes down i understand. >> reporter: it is not stopping some organizations. changing the name to san francisco travel association. officials say it is still the same organization that has been promoting san francisco tourism for a century. >> the name really reflects the new way that people are searching for and finding and want to engage with travel and destinations. >> tourism is san francisco largest industry generating more than 8.5 billion dollars a year. an independent report released today found no scientific evidence of health risks from pg&e's new smart meters. the california council on science and technology conducted the study at the request of two lawmakers from marin and santa cruz counts. they found even a worst-case scenario the radio frequency is
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well below standards. a consumer group called stop smart meters.org says the report leaves many questions unanswered about the health risks from the meters. a man wanted in connection with a 2006 sexual assault may be a suspect in a gang related shooting last week outside a supermarket. armando gill is wanted for questioning about the january 3rd shooting at the hamilton marketplace shopping center. in 2006 he was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl but was deported before prosecutors could develop enough evidence to file charges. a $5000 reward is being offered for his arrest and conviction. progress in afghanistan? a new assessment of how the united states' effort against the taliban is going. president obama expected to eulogize the victims of the saturday shooting in tucson. right now we are watching as the head of homeland security
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we are looking live at a memorial happening in tucson for the mass shooting that happened over the week. the head of homeland security speaking. we expect to hear from the
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attorney general then finally president obama when he begins to speak. looks like it could happen in a few minutes. we will bring you his address live. meanwhile we have been watching this happening in our newsroom. one of the most emotional moments so far was when the president of the university of arizona introduced a young man credited with saving gabrielle giffords life. he was an intern and jumped in and did first aid on the congresswoman. he spoke just a couple of minutes ago. [ applause ] >> i would like to start off by thanking emily but i also want to start off with a few rds. the first of which is...never have those words ever been true than they are today. out of many, one thing we learned from this great tragedy is we have come together. on saturday we all became tucsonians and arizonaians and above all we all became americans. [ cheers and applause ]
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despite the horrific actions that were taken on saturday where so many were lost, we saw glimmers of hope. the hope comes from the people who are the real heros. although i appreciate the sentiments, i must humbly reject the use of the word hero because i'm not one. the people that are heros is the congresswoman, gabe zimmerman who we lost that day. ron barber. the first responders. and also people like dr. reed who have done an amazing job at making sure that gabby is okay and those who are injured are being treated to the best of our ability. [ cheers and applause ] ..
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>> thank you. we have all come together to realize that what defines us is not the differences, it is that we are all together, we are all a family, we are all americans. and we must recognize that the real heros like i mentioned are the people who have dedicated their life to public service. whether it is direct care in nursing or being a physician or being a great representative like congresswoman giffords or being a staffer, they are the people who we should be honoring. and they are the people we need to keep in our thoughts and prayers. so i thank you for this opportunity. but i say we must reject the title of hero and reserve is for those who deserve it and those who deserve it are the public servants and first responders and people who have made sure that they have dedicated their life to taking care of others. and with that i thank you all. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> as we listening in, we understand president obama is about to address the crowd there. that young man is credited with helping to save the life of congresswoman giffords. we heard from homeland security secretary. and we are waiting for president obama who arrived with the first lady in tucson late this everyone and spent 10 minutes with the congresswoman and her husband in hospital as she is still recovering. let's listen now to the president. [ cheers and applause >> we are obviously saddened by the circumstances that have brought the president and mrs. obama to tucson, but we are comforted by their compassion and inspired by their determination to reach out and help. america has been blessed
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through its glorious history by visionary and committed presidents who often at great personal sacrifice step forward to lead us to better futures and greater hope. president obama assumed the presidency at a perilous time in our history. we are fortunate to have him to lead us forward. please welcome, ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, president bars. [ obama. . >> thank you. [ cheers and applause
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>> thank you very much. thank you. please. please be seated. [ cheers and applause ] >> to the families of those we have lost. to all who call them friends. to the students of this university. the public servants who are gathered here. the people of tucson, arizona. i have come here tonight as an american who like all americans kneels to pray with you today and will stand by you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> there is nothing i can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. but know this. the hopes of a nation are here tonight. we mourn with you for the fallen. we join you in your grief. and we add our faith to yours, representative gabrielle giffords and other living victims of this tragedy will pull through. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> scripture tells us there is a river whose streams make glad the city, the holy place, where the most high dwell. god is within her. she will not fall. god will help her at break of day. on saturday morning, gabby, her staff staff and many of her constituents gathered outside the supermarket to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and free speech. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> they were fullful fulfilling the democracy. people answering questions to their constituents so as to carry their concerns back to the nation's capitol. gabby called it congress on your corner just an updated version of government of and by and for the people. [ cheers and applause ] >> and that quintessential american scene was shattered by a gunman's bullets. and the six people who lost their lives on saturday, they too represented what is best in us. what is best in america. [ cheers and applause ] .
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>> judge john roll served our legal system for nearly 40 years. [ cheers and applause >> a graduate of this university and a graduate of this law school. [ cheers and applause ] >> he was recommended for the federal bench by john mccain 20 years ago. [ cheers and applause ] . >> appointed by president bush and rose to become arizona's chief federal judge. [ cheers and applause >> his colleagues described him as the hardest working judge within the 9th circuit. he was on his way back from attending mass as he did every
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day. when he decided to stop by and say hi to his representative. john survived by his loving wife maureen, his three sons and his five beautiful grandchildren. [ cheers and applause ] >> george and dot morris were high school sweet sweethearts who got married. they enjoyed what their friends called a 50-year honeymoon. saturday morning they went by the safeway to hear what their congresswoman had to say. when gunfire rang out, george,
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a former marine instinctively tried to shield his wife. [ cheers and applause ] >> both were shot. dot passed away. a new jersey native phyllis retired to tucson to beat the snow. but in the summer she would return east where her world revolved around her three children, her seven grandchildren, and 2-year-old great granddaughter. a gifted quilter. she would often work under a favorite tree. or sometimes she would sew aprons with the logos of the jets and the giants to give out at the church where she volunteered. a republican. she took a liking to gabby. and wanted to get to know her
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better. [ cheers and applause ] .. >> two people growing up in tucson about 70 years ago. they moved apart. after both were widowed they found their way back here to -- as one of the daughters put it -- be boyfriend and girlfriend again. when they weren't out on the road in their motor home you could find them just up the road helping folks in need at the mountain avenue church of christ. a retired construction worker, spending his spare time fixing up the church along with his dog tucks tux.
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he jumped on top of his wife sacrificing his life for hers. "cheers" plast. hers. >> everything gabe zimmerman did, he did with passion. [ cheers and applause ] . >> but his true passion was helping people. a gabby's outreach director, he made the cares of thousands of her constituents his own. seeing to it that seniors got the medicare benefits that they had earned. the veterans got the medals and care they deserved. the government was working for ordinary folks. he died doing what he loved. talking with people and seeing how he could help them. gabe survived by his parents
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ross and emily, his brother ben, and his fiance kelly who he planned to marry next year. [ cheers and applause >> and then there is 9-year-old christina taylor green. christina was an a student. she was a dancer. she was a swimmer. a gymshe wanted to be the first to play in the major leagues and as the only girl on her little league team no one put it past her. [ cheers and applause ] >> she showed an appreciation for life uncommon for a girl her age. she would reremind her mother.
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we are so blessed. we have a blessed life. she would pay those blessings back by participating in a charity that helped children who were less fortunate. our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. our hearts are broken. and yet our hearts also have reason for fullness. our hearts are full of hope and thanks for the 13 americans who survived the shooting. including the congresswoman many of them went to see on saturday. i have just come from the university medical center just a mile from here where our friend gabby fights to recover even as we speak. and i want to tell you her husband mark is here and he
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allows me to share this with you. right after we went to visit a few minutes after we left her room and some of her colleagues from congress were in the room gabby opened her eyes for the first time. [ cheers and applause >> she opened her eyes for the first time. [ cheers and applause ] >> gabby opened her eyes. gabby opened her eyes so i can tell you she knows we are here. she knows we love here. and she knows that we are rooting for her through what is undoubtedly going to be a
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difficult journey. we are will for her. [ cheers and applause ] >> our hearts are full of thanks for that good news and our hearts are full of gratitude for those who saved others. we are grateful to daniel hernandez. >> [ cheers and applause ] . >> a volunteer in gabby's office. and daniel, i'm, you may deny it but we have decided you are a hero because you ran through the chaos administered to your boss and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> we are grateful to the men who tackled the gunmen as he stopped to reload. [ cheers and applause ] >> they are right over there.
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we are grateful for petite patricia who wrestled away the killer's ammunition and undoubtedly saved some lives. [ cheers and applause ] >> we are grateful

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